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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour

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US$ 235.00
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Head to the Mauna Kea Observatory, nestled high in the mountains of the Big Island, and experience an intriguing and provocative journey through space and time. Discover Hawaii from the top of the island's tallest peak, Mauna Kea, also known as 'White Mountain,' located 13,796 feet (4,200 meters) above sea level. Limited to 28 people, this small-group star-watching tour ensures a personalized and unique experience at the enchanting Mauna Kea summit.
  • Small-group full-day Manua Kea sunset and stargazing tour
  • Use the powerful telescope to view the stars from Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station
  • Warm up with the provided hooded jacket, and a hot picnic dinner, cocoa, and dessert
  • Small-group tour limited to 14 participants ensures a personalized experience
What to Expect
Meet your guide at a central location in Kailua-Kona or Waikoloa, then relax in the deluxe 4WD van as your small group heads to a ranch at the base of Mauna Kea. At the ranch, sit down for a hot picnic-style dinner (sample menu under Itinerary below). After dinner, your guide provides a warm jacket with hood to help keep you warm at the Mauna Kea summit. Return to the van for the ascent to the summit, learning from your guide about the Big Island's natural and cultural history along the way. When you reach the summit, enjoy views of the sunset, Mauna Loa, the Haleakala volcano on Maui, and other landmarks. Then drive down to the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station at 9,000 feet (2,743 meters), home to more than a dozen international observatories that draw scientists from around the world. Your guide sets up a telescope and provides an astronomy lesson as you star gaze. Stay warm with hot drinks and dessert before returning to Kona at the end of your tour.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Hawaii Forest & Trail Kona Headquarters, 73-5593 A Olowalu St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

Traveler pickup is offered
Also can pick-up from:
Queens' Market Place, 69-201 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738
Lava Java Waikoloa, 68-1845 Waikoloa Rd, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Guide
  • Hooded parkas and gloves
  • Hot picnic dinner
  • Hot cocoa and cookies
  • Private star show with telescope
  • Local taxes
  • Select Hotel/Resort Pick-up & Drop off
  • Entry/Admission - Hawaii Forest and Trail
  • Entry/Admission - Mauna Kea Summit
  • Entry/Admission - Maunakea Visitor Information Station
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 16 years
  • Due to the high altitude; this tour is not suitable for those with respiratory, heart or circulatory conditions, poor health, or pregnancy
  • Scuba divers should be aware of altitude dangers
  • Please advise your parka size (small, medium, large, x-large or xx-large) and choice of meal (Teriyaki Chicken, Kalbi Beef Ribs, or Vegetarian Thai Curry) at time of booking. If you do not indicate this at the time of booking, you will be required to call and advise them of this information directly.
  • There is minimal walking on this tour, the maximum being about 150 yards
  • We recommend that guests wear closed-toe walking shoes or hiking boots, long pants and bring a light sweatshirt or jacket
  • The access road to Mauna Kea is four-wheel drive only, so it can be bumpy. The custom off-road transit vans will get you to the top and back in safety and comfort. The transit vans can carry a maximum of 14 passengers
  • Snow is seasonal at Mauna Kea, with the heaviest snowfall occurring during the winter months
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Excellent. it was the surprise of the vacation, my friend wanted to do this and I went along. so glad I did. learned so much and had a nice time. dinner was early, glad we'd had a lite lunch. even though the trip was modified due to protesters, it was great. they
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It is difficult to describe the astronomy experience...The sky is clear & dark from the Summit, so the stars are much more visible & clear--like crystals in the sky. With the high-powered telescope, we also so the craters on the moon. Be sure to bring a jacket even tho your
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We booked this tour to later be told that the summit was inaccessible due to (illegal) blockage of the road by (native?) Hawaiians who consider this an invasion of a sacred place. We actually chose the date based on the moon phase to get the darkest skies possible, so the half
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I originally booked the sunrise tour at the summit but was contacted a week before because the access road was closed. They offered an alternative which was the sunset and star gazing tour. I didnt realize a protest was going on, and figured the road would be open for the
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Loved the trip! Our tour-guide Jeff did a fabulous job. (Someone give that man a raise!) He was super knowledgable about various Hawaii-related topics including lava flows, birds/animals, Hawaiian history, constellations, current Hawaiian events, etc. He was super friendly and
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Key Details
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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  • Hotel Pickup
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